Archive for Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kansas Chamber of Commerce hires retiring House Speaker Mike O’Neal as its new president and CEO

September 26, 2012


— Retiring House Speaker Mike O'Neal has been hired as the president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, it was announced today.

O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, will assume his duties with the Kansas Chamber next month, the chamber said in a news release. His term in the House expires in January.

A veteran legislator, O'Neal was instrumental during the last legislative session in pushing through massive tax cuts supported by the Kansas Chamber and signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback.

Supporters of those tax cuts, which eliminate income taxes for thousands of business owners, say the law will boost the economy. Critics say the cuts benefit mostly the wealthy and will deprive revenue for schools, social services and public safety.

Brownback applauded the hiring of O'Neal by the Kansas Chamber. "Mike O'Neal is a great Kansan and will do a fabulous job as the Kansas Chamber president," he said.

O'Neal, an attorney, announced in June that he would be retiring from the Legislature.

Kent Beisner, who has served as Kansas Chamber CEO for the past three years, will assume the position of chief operating officer.


Matthew Herbert 5 years, 9 months ago

if the Chamber of Commerce is smart they will take away his email privileges. How long before he sends out another controversial email?

somebodynew 5 years, 9 months ago

If they are hiring HIM, I doubt they really care, as he will only p*%%$ off the people who 'don't matter'.

gccs14r 5 years, 9 months ago

And here is a clear example of using public office to line one's pockets.

Patricia Davis 5 years, 9 months ago

Just when you think the Kansas Chamber of Kochville couldn't get any worse.

msezdsit 5 years, 9 months ago

very fitting, peas in a pod. Both promoting the advancement of very few at the expense of many.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

The perfect person to manage the state level PAC for the right wing.

Commerce is not their area of expertise. Try money laundering for the rt wing.

fatarnie 5 years, 9 months ago

I am sure his wife just got a new job! The king of nepotism and ethics lives on...

Frank A Janzen 5 years, 9 months ago

So now the Kansas Chamber of Commerce becomes a Standing Committee of the Kansas House of Representatives.

Orwell 5 years, 9 months ago

You may be indulging in role reversal. For some time the Kansas House of Representatives has been a subsidiary of the Kansas C of C.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 9 months ago

We've lost the notion of citizen legislators, people who would serve for a short period of time and then go back to their home communities and back to their chosen profession. It's a tremendous loss.

tolawdjk 5 years, 9 months ago

I think the last time that was the norm, Xerxes was trying to force the pass at Thermopolei (sp).

billbodiggens 5 years, 9 months ago

Now, Now, O'Neal bought that job with our tax money fair and square. You leave him alone. He has always had to carry water for rich folk and pay them off with money that was not his own, and it probably bothers him as much and anyone . Poor little waif from Reno. (HoHoHo)

James Nelson 5 years, 9 months ago

I thought he had been on their payroll for years.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

And thus did the sound of moaning and micturition ascend into the firmament. And it was amusing.

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